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Freight Forwarders and Brokers

SIC 4731 | NAICS 488510

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Freight Forwarding Brokerages & Agencies  (view report)
Freight Packing & Logistics Services  (view report)

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:

  • Market size, product segments, and major markets
  • Key statistics, market trends, and external drivers
  • Operating conditions and current performance
  • Competitive landscape and environment
  • Major company profiles and market shares
  • Five-year outlook and revenue forecast

Transportation Intermediaries Association
About The Industry

Introductory section provides a summary overview of the third party logistics industry, with topics covered in this section including the types of services that 3PLs provide, the role of TIA members in providing these services, the role of brokers as logistics service providers and the advantages of using a broker from a warehouse manager's standpoint, and how to start up a brokerage firm.

C. John Langley, Jr., Ph.D. / Capgemini Consulting
Third-Party Logistics Study

Annual study examines the current state of the third-party logistics market, with each study including an in-depth look at special focus topics such as the 3PL decision-making environment, 3PL roles in supply chain transformation, utilizing big data analytics, and 3PL involvement in the end-of-life supply chain. Key findings are available online, with complete study available for download with registration.

Information resources available from this organization include:

3PL Market in the US
Market research report provides in-depth analysis of the third-party logistics (3PL) market in the U.S., with information provided in the report including market size and revenue forecasts by type of service provided (e.g., VAWD - value-added warehousing and distribution, ITM - international transportation management, DTM - domestic transportation management, and DCC - dedicated contract carriage).

Global Freight Forwarding Market
Market research study provides a detailed analysis of the freight forwarding market on a global basis, with topics addressed in the study including market segmentation by delivery mode (e.g., ocean, air) and type of service provided (e.g., packaging service, labeling service, documentation and purchase order management, transportation and warehousing service, and additional value-added services).

Global Airfreight Forwarding Market
Comprehensive research study analyzes the airfreight forwarding market from a global perspective, with topics covered in the report including types of services provided (e.g., packaging and labeling, documentation and PO management, charter services, and transportation and warehousing) and end-users (e.g., manufacturing, fashion and textiles, pharmaceutical, healthcare, and technology).

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Freight Forwarders and Brokers  Search for "488510"

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level including:

  • Income and expenses in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Freight Forwarding Brokerages & Agencies
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of revenue by major category (e.g., purchases, wages, depreciation, marketing, rent, utilities, other costs, and earnings before interest and taxes) for the most recent year and line graphs indicating trends for each category over the past five years. Sample report can be viewed free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Transportation Intermediaries Association
TIA Compensation Report / MeasureUp Compensation Analyzer

Online compensation analyzer provides base salary, incentive pay, and total compensation data for over 40 job positions, including management, sales, operations, information technology, accounting, and HR personnel, employed by third-party logistics companies, with compensation data filterable by job position and specialization, experience level, professional designations, and geographic location.

PayScale, Inc.
Freight Forwarding

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage rate data for job positions in this industry such as operations manager, logistics coordinator, import/export coordinators, freight forwarder, and customs broker, with employers for which wage data is provided including Expeditors International of Washington, Inc., C. H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., DHL Global Forwarding, Inc., and Panalpina, Inc.

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Business Valuation Resources

Business Valuation Resources, LLC
DealStats® - Private and Public Company Transaction Data

Interactive database provides detailed transaction data for over 38,000 private and public companies sold for prices ranging from under $250,000 to over $500,000,000, with valuation measures provided including market value of invested capital as a multiple of revenue, gross profit, EBIT, EBITDA, SDE, and book value of invested capital. User guide, free webinar, and sample reports are available online.

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